12 June 2015

Starwood opens first Element hotel in Asia Pacific

Source: Element Suzhou website.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has debuted its eco-conscious Element brand in Asia Pacific with the opening of the Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town in Suzhou, China. Owned by Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development Company, the new Element hotel is set to offer healthy, active travellers a sustainable stay.

Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town is located in the Science and Technology Town, an eco-city in the heart of Suzhou National New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone (SND). Known as the Venice of the East and f or its UNESCO World Heritage-listed classical gardens, Suzhou is a major city in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, half an hour by speed train from Shanghai. The hotel is 30 minutes' drive from Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX).

"As Starwood's eco-innovation lab, the Element brand has changed the face of extended stay with its light-filled atmosphere, eco-minded design and commitment to innovation," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. "On track to triple its global portfolio by the end of 2017, Element is experiencing tremendous growth momentum and the brand's debut in Asia Pacific is set to pave the way for more growth opportunities in the region."
Element signed 19 deals in 2014 and is on track to triple its portfolio by 2017, with key China openings such as Element Chongli in Zhangjiakou, Element Sanya Haitang Bay in Sanya and Element Tianjin Beicheng in Tianjin in the pipeline. 

Said Stephen Ho, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific: "Recent studies have shown that consumers are becoming increasingly interested in environmentally-friendly practices and products, as well as sustainable living. We are confident that the stylish and sustainable Element brand ethos that modern design flows from nature will resonate with travellers and meet that demand."

Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town has 188 rooms and suites. Guests can work, play, or relax in the spacious, smart and modern guestrooms, all of which offer natural lighting. Each room comes with an energy-efficient kitchen; the signature Heavenly Beds, spa-inspired baths, separate rain showers and natural bath amenities. 

Each room also features a work space installed with office and entertainment equipment. There is complimentary Internet access and a one-stop connectivity solution that allows guests to hook up portable electronics to their in-room TV. SPG Keyless Check-In – a mobile, keyless entry system that allows guests to use their smartphone as a key – is available at Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town. The hotel also offers 1,200 sq m of flexible meeting space with modular fast and free Wi-Fi throughout.

Guests can eat at Salon, an all-day dining restaurant, or enjoy a variety of traditional local, Huaiyang and authentic Cantonese cuisines in private rooms. A daily Relax evening reception offers food and beverage pairings. 

Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town has an opening package starting from RMB 558 net for a one-night stay in a standard room, including breakfast for one person. SPG members will receive double Starpoints as part of the package. In addition, SPG members will enjoy a 20% discount on all food and beverage consumption at Salon.